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Snyder makes appointment, reappointment to Soybean Promotion Committee

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointment of George Zmitko, of Owosso, and the appointment of Steven Koeman, of Hamilton, to the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

The seven-member committee oversees the marketing program, which promotes the advancement of Michigan's soybean industry.

"George and Steven are both experienced farmers," said Snyder. "I am thankful for their willingness to serve in these roles."

Zmitko has more than 40 years of experience growing and selling Michigan certified seed. He is one of the original Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program verified farmers. He farms more than 6,000 acres, including wheat, oats, barley, soybeans, corn, clover and alfalfa. Zmitko served in the U.S. Army and worked at General Motors before running a full-time farm operation. He serves as chairman on both the Shiawassee County Zoning Board of Appeals and Agricultural Preservation Board. He will continue to represent District 6 growers.

Koeman is the owner/partner of Koeman Farms. He farms more than 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat, and finishes more than 8,000 swine each year. Koeman has held the position of young leader with the Michigan Soybean Association and took part in the 2006 American Soybean Association Young Leader Program. He will represent District 7 growers and replaces Benjamin Chaffin.

Appointees will serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 23, 2016, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.